Everything cruise ship staff and passengers brought to
Dunedin last year was above board.
New Zealand Customs figures released under the Official
Information Act show that none of the 14 prohibited items
intercepted by Customs at Port Chalmers last year was from
cruise ship staff or passengers.
A Customs spokeswoman said the items intercepted at Port
Chalmers were from crew members of other vessels.
They included 11 that were considered objectionable material,
an unclassified item and two weapons, which were not
firearms, she said.
Customs seized offensive weapons such as flick knives,
knuckle-dusters and concealed weapons under the Customs and
Excise Act 1996 and seized restricted weapons such as
firearms, parts of firearms and disabling sprays under the
Arms Act 1983, she said.
The Customs website described objectionable material as
films, videos, computer games, DVDs, CD-Roms, books, posters,
music recordings, magazines, photographs, paintings, T-shirts
and computer files that depicted, expressed or otherwise
dealt with matters such as sex, horror, crime, cruelty or
violence in such a manner that the availability of the
publication was likely to be injurious to the public good.
Other prohibited items that can be intercepted include
controlled drugs and prescription medicines, drug
paraphernalia, copyright and trademark goods and items
comprised of endangered species.